How many of us make much of a fuss of ourselves for Mother's Day? Sure, it should be up to the offspring to nurture our motherly souls for just one day of the year, but how about taking the initiative this Spring and putting yourself as priority with an action plan for the ultimate weekend of coastal rest and rejuvenation?
OK, fellow mamas, now that I have your attention, here's something that I think you will agree sounds really rather irresistible. New, local business entrepreneur, Jill Harrison RD, founder of Orenda Retreats, an upscale health and wellness company, has been in touch to offer Southern Sonoma Country Life readers a significant, exclusive first-time $250 discount per-person, if you sign up by May 1st for a luxurious three-day Women Within Retreat, May 17 -20th, 2012.
Look forward to nutrition and cooking classes, private yoga sessions, invigorating hikes in beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore, a positive intuition workshop, deep-tissue massage, evening entertainment in lovely accommodation and some of the best farm-to-table cuisine Northern California has to offer.
One of the best aspects of this soul soothing retreat is the super convenient and relaxing half-hour drive from Petaluma for those readers who are tuned in at our home base, just far enough away to make your escape official for a few days yet close enough to home for your return to family life!
Harrison created Orenda Retreats out of two loves: healthy living and event planning. With a background in catering banquets, fine and casual dining, she found time to slow down a little during a period of her life when she was living and working in Hawaii. Focusing on her own health and well being, it was at that point that she discovered a true passion for healthy eating and cooking that would lead to a career as a registered dietitian.
A nutritional counselor and a clinical dietitian for Kaiser Permanente, this Southern Sonoma County-based mom knows first hand how vital it is in order to reach her goals, to take time out of her busy life and reconnect with her inner strengths.
Meditation and enjoying the outdoors are things Harrison lovs to to do to find her power within. She hopes that you will find your own with a stay at one of her women's only or couple's retreats.
Check out the lovely accommodations for Orenda Retreats: appealingly named Fig Cakes Hill, a classic 1912 brown shingle house on a hill with a long sloping lawn down to Sir Francis Drake Road and Tomales Bay and Ten Inverness Way, a delightful 1904 craftsman Bed and Breakfast Inn, two minutes walk from the bay, in nearby Point Reyes.
If this doesn't have you packing your yoga mat and hiking shoes in anticipation, the prospect of three scrumptious meals and two healthy snacks a day, freshly prepared by on site Cordon Bleu Academy-trained Chef Eric will seal the deal!
Here's where Harrison truly knows her audience: expect only the best of local, seasonal produce, fish and meats from the region, including the best of Green String and County Line produce. Local wines will be served during Friday evening's family-style supper and Saturday evening's six course plated dinner.
Tools for Soul Healing sessions with Wendy Prusso, Spiritual Healing/Progression Coach have been custom designed to help you grow and move to the next level in whatever aspects of your life you'd like to focus on.
Orenda Retreats are small - you might feasibly gather a group of girlfriends and half fill a Woman Within weekend retreat. Call 707 758 6363 for more information or to make a reservation.